Emmett Till’s body is taken to Chicago’s Roberts Temple Church of God for viewing and funeral services.
Mamie Till decided to have an open casket funeral, saying “There was just no way I could describe what was in that box. No way. And I just wanted the world to see.”
Tens of thousands of Chicagoans wait in line to see Emmett’s brutally beaten body.
People lined the street outside the mortuary and days later thousands more attended his funeral at Roberts Temple Church of God in Christ. Photographs of his mutilated corpse circulated around the country, notably appearing in Jet magazine and The Chicago Defender, both black publications, and drew intense public reaction.
According to The Nation and Newsweek, Chicago’s black community was “Aroused as it has not been over any similar act in recent history”.
Till was buried on September 6th in Burr Oak Cemetery in Alsip, Illinois.